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Peter Sondergaard
Senior Vice President and Global Head of Research
25 years at Gartner
29 years IT Industry

Peter Sondergaard is a senior vice president in Gartner, where he is the global head of Gartner Research. Mr. Sondergaard is responsible for people management and the direction of the global research organization, which includes Semiconductors, IT Infrastructure and Operations, Communications, Software and Services Management, Business of IT, Research Operations Management, and IT provider and end-user organizational roles.

Are Regulators Enablers or Inhibitors of Digital Business?

by Peter Sondergaard  |  May 13, 2015

In my conversations with CEOs and CIOs, it’s become increasingly common that they mention the regulator of their specific industry. (And the mention is rarely favorable!) More often than not, they perceive regulators as inhibitors to advancing the digital strategy of their organization. Sometimes, I even hear CEOs question how fair these regulators are, implying […]

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Same Challenges For CIOs, Different Regions of the World

by Peter Sondergaard  |  March 23, 2015

Over the past couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time with CIOs both in the US and Europe, learning more about their mission-critical initiatives and some of the challenges they face. Interestingly, the same three themes bubbled up from conversations with CIOs in both regions. Innovate or die First and foremost, CEOs […]

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Two Peas In a Digital Pod: The CIO and CSO

by Peter Sondergaard  |  February 23, 2015

CEOs know all too well the amount of jockeying, competition and political maneuvering that happens in their leadership team. In the C-suite, it’s simply the way business gets done. CIOs are not immune. Some win, but many struggle at this competitive, high-stakes game. Navigating relationships within the C-suite is so important to a CIO’s success […]

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Digital Business Requires a New Approach to Digital Security

by Peter Sondergaard  |  January 30, 2015

January must be listed somewhere as the official month of “all-day meetings.” This is the time of year when CEOs and their teams hunker down with leaders throughout the business in daylong meetings to kick-off plans, programs and initiatives. If you’re anything like me then you know you’ve been in too many of these meetings […]

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Bimodal Business leads to Bimodal IT

by Peter Sondergaard  |  December 17, 2014

In a recent blog post, I discussed the concept of bimodal IT as a way for CEOs and CIOs to manage the digital divide between what IT provides and what the enterprise needs right now. Bimodal IT has been a Gartner focus for our clients the last 18 months In bimodal IT, mode 1 is […]

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How Can CIOs Compete When Every Business Unit Is A Technology Startup?

by Peter Sondergaard  |  November 22, 2014

When you think about a digital startup, the first image that usually comes to mind is one of a loft-like open space populated by casually dressed smart young things with faces illuminated by the screens of their MacBook Pros jammed along communal tables. But stereotypes are always dangerous. What if I told you that you’ve […]

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Will Digitalization Replace or Improve Public Sector Services?

by Peter Sondergaard  |  November 10, 2014

Will digitalization replace services provided today by the public sector? Will those alternative services, provided by private business, only be available to, or chosen by, higher-income families? These questions were posed by a senior executive from the public sector during our recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conferences. They are fascinating questions, particularly coming from a leader in […]

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CEOs on point – Securing the Internet of Things on your watch’

by Peter Sondergaard  |  September 2, 2014

A great billboard caught my eye this week on the drive out of Manhattan. You’ve probably seen the advert yourself if you live in the US. It’s for the Mini and, underneath a great picture of the car, the tagline reads “high-speed mobile device.” This got me thinking about the impact of the Internet of […]

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Don’t Overlook the Importance of People in the Digital Business

by Peter Sondergaard  |  July 14, 2014

A successful digital business requires transformational change in the culture, mindset and workforce capabilities. CIOs and business leaders must renew the talent strategy and programs to acquire, nurture and develop requisite workforce core competencies to make the shift. This is the conclusion and key recommendation of a research note (client access required) published recently by […]

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What is d-business?

by Peter Sondergaard  |  May 17, 2014

Where should a CEO start with d-business? It sounds sort of obvious, but start at the beginning; define exactly what you mean by d-business. Not enough CEOs spend time discussing and agreeing on a corporate definition of a new trend to make sure the entire leadership team is on the same page about what it […]

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